Most of us of have seen Mikhail Tal’s daring yet inaccurate sacrifices blow his opponents off the board. We’ve seen Fischer’s “Sac, sac, mate!” to tame the once fire-breathing Sicilian Dragon. We’ve seen the mind-boggling calculation abilities of Garry Kasparov in his attacking brilliancies. Yet, when it comes to our own games, attacking play can be a different story. What brilliant attackers seem to do effortlessly can be unimaginable to most chessplayers.
“The most important thing is self-confidence. So many people will doubt your abilities in life – never listen to them. If you do not truly believe that you can make it to the Grandmaster title, for example, you will never do so.”
Levon Aronian recently won the Grenke Classic, which featured a top-notch field, including Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Maxime-Vachier-Lagrave, and Hou Yifan.
After winning the exceptionally strong Gibraltar Open for the third consecutive time in February, Hikaru Nakamura has now also managed to win the Zurich Chess Challenge 3 years in a row.
As the U.S. Championships pass the midway point, test your own abilities with the critical moments and key tactics in the event so far.
For 10 years, the U.S. Women’s Championship was dominated by two players: Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih. Krush won six times (in addition to her first championship victory in 1998) while Zatonskih won four times. Last year, everything changed.
For months, the chess world has awaited Magnus Carlsen’s cameo on the Simpsons.
While I’m a fan of classical time controls for producing the highest level chess games, I have to admit watching rapid games can be more entertaining (“Did Carlsen just blunder his queen?!”) as well as lot easier on a busy schedule.
Days ago, Wesley So broke into the World Top 3 for the first time. Now, his undefeated streak has passed 50 games.
Although becoming a national champion is a monumental achievement, there is much more to gain than the prizes. Less than 1% of the over 1500 players can take home 1st place trophies. For most, what really counts is the experience.
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